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Meeting to help launch anti-violence effort

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Jabaris Walker

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From Staff Reports

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A local man is seeking the help of the community in reducing violence in the Twin Counties by holding a meeting tonight at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

N.C. Superior Court Judge Quentin Sumner, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office and the Rev.Thomas Walker are standing behind Jabaris Walker as he takes the initiative to spread an anti-violence message to local youth. The first meeting of “Project Diamond in the Rough” will take place at 6 p.m. tonight at Ebenezer Baptist Church at 702 W. Raleigh Boulevard. Walker, Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone and Edgecombe County Sheriff Clee Atkinson plan to attend the meeting.

Walker said he put together the “Project Diamond in the Rough” initiative because he has seen so many people take the wrong path in life. When it came to developing a name for Walker’s initiative, “Project Diamond in the Rough” was chosen because it refers to a person who has great potential but needs refinement.

“I want this initiative to be one that will inspire people who have made bad choices in life to know they are supported by their neighbors, the community and local law enforcement officers that are all willing to work together to better the community,” Walker said. “’Project Diamond in the Rough’ is a great opportunity for the youth and young adults from Rocky Mount, Edgecombe and Nash counties to come together.”

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